The IPL has been the stepping stone to success for many young Indian cricketers in the last decade. It’s a platform that not only allows cricketers to rub shoulders with the best talent in the world, but also prepares them to handle pressure situations. The tournament helps players get used to playing in front of huge crowds and become better-equipped to handle tense moments.
Talented uncapped players, the ones yet to make their India debut, are key components of any IPL side. The uncapped players also have an opportunity to impress the selectors by performing at the biggest stage and put their name in reckoning for national selectors.
IPL has always been like a factory, churning world-class talents for the Indian national team. The future indeed does look bright for Team India, as there are a lot of talented players knocking at the door.
In the article, we look at six Indian who played most IPL seasons but are yet to make their debut for the national team: –
1. Suryakumar Yadav (9 seasons)
Suryakumar Yadav has been exceptional in the IPL. He received an IPL contract from Mumbai Indians for 2012 season though he was ignored throughout the season due to the presence of veteran players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard.
In the 2014 IPL auction, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) went for the young talent and Suryakumar did justice to their trust. He broke the headlines in IPL 2015 when he hit a match-winning – 20-ball 46 with five sixes – against Mumbai Indians that surprised many.
His pivotal cameos earned him the designation of vice-captain of the team (KKR) and he played all the matches in seventh edition of the IPL, primarily due to his incredible strike-rate. He again went to his home team Mumbai Indians in the 2018 IPL auction and has been exceptional for them as well.
The stylish right-hand batsman is probably one of the most popular names from the pool of uncapped Indian players. He has scored reasonably well in every season in domestic cricket for the Mumbai side as well.
The stylish right-hand batsman has looked extremely confident and has been the backbone for all the teams he has represented. There are places in India’s limited-overs sides that are up for grabs. On the back of some decent knocks in IPL 2020, Yadav would fancy his chances to be selected in the Indian team.
2. Aditya Tare (10 seasons)
Wicketkeeper-batsman Aditya Tare first came into the limelight after he was picked by IPL franchise Mumbai Indians in 2010. He was a part of the squad during the franchise’s title-winning campaigns in 2013 and 2015.
He is remembered for famously smashing a six off Australian all-rounder James Faulkner to take the side past Rajasthan Royals (RR) into the playoffs, based on superior net run rate in IPL 2015
After putting up some notable performances for the Mumbai Indians, he was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2016. He was released and bought by the Delhi Daredevils ahead of IPL 2017 and in the following season, he was back at his base.
He has had a pretty impressive first-class career for Mumbai since making his debut in 2009. Tare holds the record for most dismissals (41) as a wicketkeeper in the Ranji Trophy (2011-12). He was awarded as the Best Mumbai Ranji Cricketer for the 2012-13 season.
With MS Dhoni having retired from the international arena, notable performances and some handy glovework could open the door for a selection in the Indian cricket team.
3. Manan Vohra (7 seasons)
A stylish top-order batsman from Punjab, who was said to be the next Yuvraj Singh, according to some sources, was first snapped up by Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in 2013 and made an unbeaten 43 off 26 balls on debut.
KXIP provided a major surprise during the new round of team-building by retaining the then little-known Punjab batsman before the start of IPL season seven. He was hired by the franchise as a player for the future and he made better use of his opportunities, scoring 324 runs in eight matches at an average of 40. The 2014 season remains his best IPL season till date.
However, because of inconsistent performances, he was released by the franchise thereafter. Rajasthan Royals (RR) secured his services for IPL 2019 at a salary of INR 20 lakh and was retained for IPL 2020.
Manan was a member of the Under-19 World Cup-winning team led by Unmukt Chand. He made his first-class debut for Punjab in 2011-12. However his performances have not been that consistent that could take notice of the selectors.
A good IPL 2020, if given a chance, could very much open the doors for the 27-year-old to represent the country.
4. Shreyas Gopal (6 seasons)
Shreyas Gopal was first bought by Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 2014 IPL auction, where he spent four seasons but did not get many opportunities due to the presence of stars in their side.
He was bought by the Rajasthan Royals in the auction ahead out of the 2018 IPL edition and from there on there was no looking backwards for the young Karnataka leg spinner who put on some fine performances at crucial moments for his team.
In the very next season he continued from where he left, but his most notable performance was the hat-trick against RCB in a rain-hit match which included the dream scalps of Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers. For his performances in the that season, he was named in the ESPNCricinfo IPL XI.
The all-rounder from Karnataka made his first-class debut in the 2013-14 season and played a key role in the team claiming the Ranji Trophy. He is not only an effective leg-spinner, but a reliable batsman in the lower middle-order as well.
Gopal picked another hat-trick, which was his first in the Irani Cup history against Rest of India (ROI), helping Karnataka win the trophy. He has also represented the India A team.
Some good performances in the upcoming IPL could make him a serious contender for a call-up to the national team.
5. Iqbal Abdulla (10 seasons)
Iqbal Abdulla made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut in the inaugural edition of the tournament (2008) for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as a left-arm spinner. The bowler shot to fame in his breakthrough year in 2011 with some sensational bowling performances throughout the season was the Emerging Player of the Tournament that year. In the following year, he was part of KKR’s victorious campaign under the leadership of former cricketer Gautam Gambhir.
However, the cricketer was not given enough opportunities in the playing XI in the subsequent seasons. He has represented RCB and RR as well in the past. After last representing RCB in the 2018 edition, he has not been picked by any IPL franchise in any of the subsequent auctions of the tournament.
The Azamgarh-born player made his first-class, List A and T20 debuts for Mumbai all during the 2007 Indian domestic season.
Abdulla was also a part of the 2008 U-19 World Cup in Malaysia where he played a vital part in the title triumph. He is a thinking bowler, good lower-order batsman and a sharp fielder as well
6. Shreevats Goswami (9 seasons)
Shreevats Goswami had played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first three seasons of the Indian Premier League but he had only limited opportunities in those seasons. He turned out to be one of the best performers amongst the Under-19 players in the 2008 season and was subsequently bestowed with the ‘Best Under-19 player’ award.
During his stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2011, he only managed a top score of 22 in seven matches. Transferred to the Rajasthan Royals prior to IPL 2012, he kept wickets in 11 games in his first season with the franchise, taking four catches and effecting four stumpings.
He has not been on the IPL radar since then with the advent of new attacking wicketkeeper batsmen, but Sunrisers Hyderabad have instilled faith in him and drafted him back in the mix in the 2018 season and he will play for them in this season as well.
He was a key contributor in the top-order during India’s successful campaign at the 2008 U-19 World Cup in Malaysia. Goswami has toiled hard in the domestic circuit for Bengal. Some good performances have also earned him a spot in India A team.
The 31-year-old, who has played nine seasons of the IPL, would love to make it big this season if provided with an opportunity and would want to put some up some stellar performances to grab notice of the national selectors.
~Written by Kevin D’Costa
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